It’s a book I’ve only started reading recently–I’m less than halfway through it, actually–but just the little bit I’ve read so far has made such an impact on me that I wanted to make a post about it. St. Augustine started writing City of God at the request of his friend Marcellinus, who was concerned about how the pagans were blaming Christianity for the fall of Rome and was looking for a way to refute the claims. City of God starts out as a history of Rome (and shows how the problems that led to its downfall were around even before the Christians showed up), but it gradually expands into other parts of the world as well.
What I find particularly striking, though, is how relevant the book still is. This was written centuries ago, yet I’m finding I can relate to what St. Augustine writes. I suppose it shows how people never really do change, but it also illustrates how the Church belongs to every century.
It’s a short blurb, I know, but I’m hoping to write a more in-depth post about it once I actually finish it. But based on what I’ve read so far, it’s quite a fascinating read.